NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

It’s a great time to join Hunter New England Local Health District. Apply now for one of our eligible regional and rural positions. You could benefit under the NSW Health Rural Workforce Incentive Scheme!

Employment Type: Full time for 12 months, Permanent Part time.
Position Classification: Occupational Therapist Level 3
Remuneration: $108,595 – $112,114pa + Superannuation + Salary Packaging + Rural Incentives
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ459852
Closing Date: 12th February 2024

Occupational Therapist Level 3 – Incentives offered

Take the next step in your career with an Occupational Therapist position at Armidale!

Immediate start available.

About the Role:

  • You will be working predominantly within the community setting, providing a high-quality clinical service to patients and their families/carers
  • Put your rehabilitation knowledge to use, completing assessments and interventions to improve the quality of life for adults and elderly people living in the community
  • Provide quality, patient-centred and family inclusive clinical rehabilitation within a recovery framework that promotes wellbeing, independence, and social empowerment.

Where you’ll be working:

  • The Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) in Armidale is a multi-disciplinary team supporting and providing aged care clients with the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing after discharge from hospital.
  • The TACP team comprises of Allied Health and Nursing professionals working closely with the clients and their family using an enablement focus, providing slow stream therapy aiming to improve the clients function, independence, and safety.
  • Armidale is in the picturesque New England region of northern rural NSW. The region has spectacular natural scenery to explore as well as fascinating, diverse cultural heritage.

Position Specifics:

  • This role has the option to extend to the Armidale Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Department.
  • Get the best of both worlds, working across the Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) and Armidale Rural Referral Hospital (ARRH) Occupational Therapy Department.
  • The ARRH role would involve high level assessment, intervention and discharge planning within the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) team. There is also potential to assist the inpatient team as workload allows. The CHSP caseload involves working with elderly people in their homes and community to help them stay as independent as possible.
  • Working 2 days with TACP and 3 days with the ARRH OT team, you would get broad clinical experiences and be able to work with lots of talented professionals.

About You:

  • Are motivated, autonomous, compassionate and enthusiastic.
  • Have great time management skills in order to complete tasks required each day.
  • Be flexible and be a great team player, be able to communicate and build rapport with people of all different backgrounds.
  • Have a passion for providing safe, compassionate, person-centred care to assist clients to reach their functional goals.
  • You will have the ability to analyse problems, set priorities and apply a range of options to develop solutions.

Supports available:

  • You will be provided with orientation and onsite training to ensure you are comfortable and competent with your role.
  • In the Community setting, the TACP has excellent support networks. You will be linked in with the OT team at the hospital to assist with peer support and ongoing education.
  • You will receive supervision from the Occupational Therapy department manager and have the opportunity to attend professional development activities and will be encouraged to attend appropriate courses that will assist you in your role.
Are you moving here for this position? Imagine it for yourself:
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  • Interested in the local Schools? Lots of primary/ secondary options. The average student to teacher ratio is approximately 1-12 plus support staff at our recently built Armidale Secondary College (nsw.gov.au)
  • What’s the housing like? More affordable than capital cities, with the convenience of large town amenities : Real Estate & Property for Sale in Armidale – Greater Region, NSW – realestate.com.au
Rural Health Workforce Incentive Scheme
This role is eligible for an Attraction and Relocation package that includes the following*:

  • Attraction incentive paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance of up to $10,000 for the first 12-months.
  • Retention incentive of up to $5,000 thereafter annually
  • PLUS 3 months accommodation assistance (e.g. rent payments, mortgage re-payments, payments for commercial accommodation)
  • All payments and reimbursements made to part-time employees will be on a pro-rata basis.

Attraction incentives will be paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance on top of your base salary.

Other forms of payment/package options (where you are eligible) need to be negotiated with the Convenor and may include**: ??

  • Additional annual professional development days (up to 5 more per year)
  • Additional personal leave (up to 5 more per year)
  • Computer/internet reimbursement (e.g. laptop, wi-fi costs)
  • Return airfare to and from your work base (or equivalent motor vehicle allowance) so you can still visit family and friends
**The total value of your incentive package would remain the same. Employees are responsible for seeking independent financial advice before accepting an Attraction and Retention Incentive package as part of their offer. ?


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  • Proximity to shopping and other services
  • ADO’s each month (for full time employees)
  • Salary packaging options
  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals.

Need more information?

2) Find out more about applying for this position

For role related queries or questions contact our direct hiring managers:

Gemma Model at Gemma.Model@health.nsw.gov.au

Sandy Flett at Sandy.Flett@health.nsw.gov.au.

Information for Applicants:

  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2
  • Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.
  • This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
  • All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
  • Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.?
  • Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.
  • HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits?such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.

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